After a few quiet years, the year 2013 has proved to be active year for PEO TV. Beginning in January with the launch of Star Plus, Life OK & the Discovery Channel Tamil, the progress continued right throughout the year. With more international channels such as Cartoon Network, Pogo & Discovery Kids added than FTA channels, this year has seen a lot of progress from PEO TV. However still lacking are some of the most requested channels such as AXN & the launch of HD services, which subscribers will at least hope for in 2014.
Please do keep us updated on the latest on PEO TV as the days progress.
Subcontinent feeds of sports channels ESPN Star Sports which are now managed by Star TV in India, are to undergo major changes from 6th Nov 2013. ESPN exited the joint venture last year resulting in the subsequent rebranding of ESPN as "Fox Sports" in Asia. After months of deliberations it has been decided that ESPN will be rebranded under the Star Sports brand in the subcontinent instead of Fox Sports as the rest of Asia.
As per the rebranding exercise, India is rumored to get a dedicated Hindi Sports channel which will also concentrate mainly on Indian domestic sports.
Given below is a quick round of how the channel rebranding exercise will take place
Star Sports will become "Star Sports 1" - will showcase mainly premier cricket events.
Star Sports 2 will remain as "Star Sports 2" - will showcase mainly premier football events, dual language feed.
Star Cricket will become "Star Sports 3" - will showcase largely Hindi content & Indian domestic properties and will also be home to cricket involving India.
ESPN will become "Star Sports 4" - will showcase international sports content such as F1, Baseball, etc.
Star Cricket HD will become "Star Sports HD 1" - will mainly showcase HD cricket & football.
ESPN HD will become "Star Sports HD 2" - will showcase HD football, F1 & Indian domestic content.
The above is just a summary of what is expected, however it's quite clear that there will be changes to the above from time-to-time since this largely depends on the "live" properties that will be carried simultaneously. The exclusive "live" rights for the 2016 Summer Olympic games are with Star Sports and its clear that all 6 channels will the carry games depending on the number of events taking place simultaneously. At the moment Star Sports, ESPN, ESPN HD & Star Cricket are on local pay television platforms meaning that after the rebranding exercise it will be "Star Sports 1", "Star Sports 4", "Star Sports HD 2" & "Star Sports 3" that will be the channels available on local platforms.
Star Sports 3 is rumored to be mainly Hindi, so the most obvious choice for local operators will be to swap "Star Sports 3" with "Star Sports 2", however in the long run it would mean that content on Star Sports 3 will be missed by locals since it will be mainly Hindi but not 24 hours Hindi and depending on how many "live" properties are simultaneously being carried "live", it highly likely that English content will be available on Star Sports 3 too.
So the best option would be for local operators to carry all 4 SD Star Channels & HD enabled operators to carry all 6 ensuring that locals enjoy the best of sports from Star Sports.
Well its better late than never, its quite heartening to see that PEO TV have been taking steps in the right direction. PEO TV became the first locally operated pay television network to add Discovery Kids channel. This is indeed a very good move on PEO TV's part.
We hope that steps are taken to add channels such as AXN Asia, one of the most requested channels to the platform.
After a few years of inactivity on PEO TV & mainly adding only local channels, its great to note that PEO TV are taking positive steps this year, now with the introduction of Setanta Sports on their platform. Sadly this still leaves PEO TV playing catch up & are still behind in terms of channels offered by rival networks.
The addition of Setanta Sports indeed is a major step forward and is a boost for Rugby fans on PEO TV. However there are still notable channels missing such as AXN Asia which is a basic and widely popular channel on pay television platforms.
We hope PEO TV closes all the gaps in terms of channels offered, and takes steps towards the launch of HD not before they solve all the freezing problems regularly experienced by PEO TV subscribers.
We have received complaints from subscribers in several areas that the PEO TV reception gets stuck quite often. Even though advertise proudly that they don't have problems when it rains, it seems that PEO TV's problems occur when it doesn't rain.
According to the reports, nothing is being spared from the problem, usually the STB displays an error message such as "WAN network failure" or something similar and the picture pauses and picks up elsewhere. This is particularly annoying in the event of some high action sporting event such as cricket.
Yes, other also have problems but there is no point in pointing fingers at others when you have issues of your own.
We hope PEO TV resolves the problem with freezing pictures & provides a far better quality of entertainment that it does now.
PEO TV launched Comedy Central India with effect from yesterday. As the name suggests this channel broadcasts programmes from the comedy genre.
This is seen as a positive step by PEO TV and will no doubt prove to be a popular one. At the moment it is available on a-la-carte basis of Rs 50/= and is available free of charge on the "Titanium Package".
We hope PEO TV takes steps to add AXN next, since this regarded as a basic channel on pay television platforms.